The wide-ranging curriculum and programme of activities contribute to the pupils’ high attainment and preparation for adult life.Independent Schools Inspectorate
Moving up to the Middle School
Year 9 marks an exciting and important stage in our students' education as they move up to the Middle School. New form groups are created and a second Modern Language - German or Spanish - is added to subjects studied. In the spring term of Year 9, pupils select their GCSE choices and in Year 10 each student receives an iPad as an aid to enhance digital learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Our pupils take a minimum of 9 GCSE courses consisting of core and optional subjects. Classes are generally smaller than in the Lower School. Core subjects include English and English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, a Modern Language and a World Perspectives course unique to the School. Issues studied in World Perspectives may include: Economic globalisation, Democracy and alternative political systems, issues of multiculturalism, terrorism and counter-terrorism, sustainability, geopolitical issues and the nature of freedom. Non-examined, and a highlight of the timetable for many, this course introduces our pupils to subjects they would not normally study until A Level. Pupils continue to have an afternoon of Games every week.
Optional subjects are chosen from French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, Greek, History, Geography, Computer Science, Religious Studies, Drama, Design Technology, Art and Music. Most subjects will follow the International GCSE course, which offers a broad and thorough foundation for A Level.
Extending academic interests
Throughout the Middle School students continue to participate in clubs and societies as a means of developing personal interests and working within a team. The School has been particularly successful in the F1 in Schools competition, raising sponsorship and designing and manufacturing a model F1 car. In the App Club pupils are assisted by expert volunteers to design and develop an app for a tablet or smartphone for entry into a National Competition. The CREST Awards (Creativity in Science and Technology) provides an opportunity for pupils who enjoy science to carry out experiments, complete a project and enter a competition with other students in the London region. The Year 10 Literary Society is particularly popular with students considering English A Level or who just want to widen their cultural, historical and literary knowledge. The Geography Society for Years 11 upwards is ideal for those wishing to read Geography at A level and University.
Students are given plenty of opportunity for public speaking in debating clubs and other societies. The Biology Society and Physics Forum have occasional visiting speakers but are often lead by students in active discussions and presentations. The Feminist Society for Years 10 - 13 is one of our most popular societies (with both girls and boys!) and discusses some of the most contentious topics of modern living. The Middle Freston and Wolverstone Society also provide opportunities for students to sharpen their debating and public speaking skills. The Model United Nations for Years 10-13 is a must for those interested in public speaking and current affairs. Students prepare for conferences which take place 3-4 times a year at schools around the country and abroad. Each delegation prepares resolutions on a topical world crisis from the environment to a political situation.
In addition, field trips and visits continue to take place to enrich the curriculum including a joint English and History trip to Ypres.